October 31, 2010 in Idaho Voices

Education notes: PFHS seniors plan spaghetti fundraiser

By The Spokesman-Review

Seniors at Post Falls High School are raising funds for their graduation party and inviting the community to a spaghetti feed and auction at the school on Saturday.

The dinner and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. A live auction will begin at 8 p.m.

Live auction items include Gonzaga University basketball tickets; tickets to the Seattle Seahawks game Dec. 5 in a club-level suite; tickets to the Jan. 11 Portland Trail Blazer game against the New York Knicks; and a season pass to the Highlands Golf Course.

Tickets to the spaghetti feed are $5 per person or $20 per family.

All proceeds will benefit the 2011 senior all-nighter graduation party.

Call (208) 659-3249 for more information.

Skyway gymnastics night offered Saturday

On Saturday, Skyway Elementary parents can enjoy some “me time” while Skyway students perform feats of fun at Inland Empire Gymnastics, 6360 Sunshine St., during Skyway gymnastics night.

Students can tumble, jump, swing and do a balancing act in the 12,000-square-foot gym full of trampolines, bars, foam pits and balance beams.

Cost is $15 per student. Pre-registration is requested.

To register and for more information, call (208) 772-9443 or visit www.iegymnastics.com.

Pies, music planned at LCHS concert

The Lake City High School choirs will treat music lovers and anyone with a sweet tooth to their fall preview concert Tuesday in the LCHS auditorium at 7 p.m.

The performance will feature Lake City’s Chorus, Jazz Pack, Treble Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Jazz Choir.

To raise funds for the music department, during the evening’s intermission, the performers will hold a pie auction.

For more information, call choir director Terry DeGroot at (208) 769-0769, ext. 224.

The Classical Christian Academy will have an evening of dinner, dancing and a preview to the holiday season at the Royal Raffle and Benefit Ball Nov. 13 at the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave.

Doors open at 4 p.m. A prime rib dinner will begin at 5:30.

The benefit is limited to Classical Christian moms, dads, families and friends. After dinner, dancing begins with the live music of Tuxedo Junction. A live auction will be held for classic, fully decorated Christmas trees. Raffles for amazing prizes will be drawn throughout the night including a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; a getaway to Sardinia, Italy; a holiday to Kauai, Hawaii; a $5,000 grocery package; and a $3,000 furniture package.

Tickets are $50 per person.

Proceeds from the evening will support the Classical Christian Academy.

To purchase tickets, call Classical Christian at (208) 777-4400 or visit royalraffle.intuitwebsites.com/ index.html. To purchase raffle tickets call the school office.

CdA Charter Academy rally raises $20,000

Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy students, staff, family and friends recently participated in the first Rally for Education and made it a huge success.

The event included an afternoon road rally, where competitors followed directions and solved clues at pit stops throughout Kootenai County. According to a press release from the school, 74 cars participated and approximately 500 people attended the finish-line luncheon at the Texas Roadhouse.

Principal Dan Nicklay reported the rally raised more than $20,000 for college scholarships and building improvements.

Atlas students get sweet lesson on aquifer

Students at Atlas Elementary School in the Coeur d’Alene School District spent the day on Oct. 21 with environmental health specialists from the Panhandle Health District, learning about the Rathdrum Prairie aquifer – using ice cream and cereal.

According to a press release from the health district, students made mock aquifers using cereal, milk, chocolate ice cream and green sugar sprinkles, then giggled at the idea that “ice cream flowed under our feet.”

The specialists explained the importance of keeping the aquifer clean by further using the cereal and ice cream. They told the students that they were standing over the aquifer, then gave them each cups half-filled with cereal puffs that represented rocks. Milk was poured on the cereal to symbolize water and chocolate ice cream on top served as dirt. The green sugar sprinkles that covered everything represented grass and plants.

Children were given straws to represent wells to deliver water to the surface. But before kids could eat their goodies, environmental health specialists poured about a teaspoon of red cherry pomegranate juice over the top. Athol students watched as red veins trickled through the ice cream, cereal puffs and mixed with the milk.

“I just contaminated your aquifer,” said Dick Martindale, environmental section manager for the health district. “It’s just juice. It’s not really contamination,” he added quickly after he saw the uncertainty on their faces. “But that’s how chemicals and bad stuff reach our water when we dump them on the ground,” the release said.

“This is the best aquifer I ever tasted,” one girl told the environmental health specialists.

The event was part of Make a Difference Day.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at raineyc@spokesman.com.

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